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Old January 31st, 2008, 01:12 PM
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Shackle Mounting Bracket on rear for recovery point?

Greetings!

I'm collecting my wish list of things for my new (new to me obviously) D90. Short version includes Rock Ware front bumper with some recovery points, High-lift adapters, light bar and Husky 10 winch.

My question is about the rear recovery points. I've done some homework, but I can't find any references about the Shackle Mounting Brackets offered over at EE (https://www.expeditionexchange.com/smb). Will these align without drilling and such to the rear cross member holes like the Dixon-Bate 5 ton job? If so, any reason not to save like $140 and get the Shackle Mount instead? I don't want to drill, especially with those nice holes already there ready to go!

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Old January 31st, 2008, 01:44 PM
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Do you have a hitch? Just get a hitch receiver plug in with a d-shackle..
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Old January 31st, 2008, 02:12 PM
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I do. I could use that, but its the same price as a the shackle mount. I've read a few responses about those receiver deals, and some people question the strength of the class III mounting for heavy recovery operations. I haven't been able to find anyone stating the max rating on the factory step bumper either (for recovery purposes)...

I also need something to go in those holes. Those holes are just sitting there waiting for an accessory!
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Old January 31st, 2008, 02:30 PM
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I don't know about the max rating on the D90.. but I've done just about every recovery possible on Disco's using the hitch shackle and never had an issue with it..
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Old January 31st, 2008, 02:59 PM
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I do. I could use that, but its the same price as a the shackle mount. I've read a few responses about those receiver deals, and some people question the strength of the class III mounting for heavy recovery operations. I haven't been able to find anyone stating the max rating on the factory step bumper either (for recovery purposes)...

I also need something to go in those holes. Those holes are just sitting there waiting for an accessory!
FWIW, I researched this issue several months ago and went with a Superwinch Receiver Shackle Bracket. According to a couple of guys I totally trust, this is a very reasonable solution relative to strength and cost.

Like you, I wanted to get one of those Dixon-Bate 5 ton tow jaws as it would look very nice attached to those holes in the bumper/cross member. I did a search on this forum and found that installation (with the recommended backing plate) might require temporary removal of the gas tank skid plate. You should check yours out to see if this is true.

Also, someone said that you would have to open the rear door to get the pin in and out. Neither issue is a big deal but I thought it was more effort than it was worth. Let us know what you decide.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 03:27 PM
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Thanks for the responses. Thats a good point Gary, I think your right about having to open the door. There's really no clearance between the mounting area and the spare tire. That's another point in the Shackle Mount's column!

I may just get one of those shackle mounts and try it. I'm sure I can find a use for it if it won't mount on the rear correctly.
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